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Syria Is Holding Presidential Elections And The Internet Is Not Amused

On Twitter, opponents of the Syrian president denounce the elections as a sham.

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Syria announced today that presidential elections will be held on June 3. Syrian President Bashar al Assad has not yet formally announced his candidacy — but in Syria's current climate, the announcement of elections means Assad has already won.

#Syria Sham election photos, I wonder who will win?

Anthony Flint@anthonyflint58

#Syria Sham election photos, I wonder who will win?

06:25 PM - 15 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

More than an estimated 150,000 Syrians have died in Syria's three year civil war — and many on the internet were enraged by the idea of another 7 years of Assad's presidency. "#Elect_the_pimp_son_of_a_pimp" spread fast.

صورة ل هاشتاغ #انتخبوا_العرص_ابن_العرص #سورية #Syrie #Syria

ali othman@othm_ali

صورة ل هاشتاغ #انتخبوا_العرص_ابن_العرص
#سورية #Syrie #Syria

10:22 AM - 21 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Memes like these have been making the rounds in Syrian social media for months since the government began circulating reports that it would hold presidential elections — with a win for Assad expected from the start.

My voice for Assad in 2014 presidential election #Syria

Yazed Umayyad@syrianfalcon11

My voice for Assad in 2014 presidential election #Syria

08:59 AM - 10 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"For the sake of the country, I will elect Assad."

حسبي الله ..! #بشار #سوريا #انتخبوا_العرص_ابن_العرص @syriatweet

sheriff@sheriff234

حسبي الله ..!
#بشار #سوريا #انتخبوا_العرص_ابن_العرص
@syriatweet

09:51 AM - 21 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"The strongest candidate: Elect me."

إنتخبوني أو تنتخبوني أو ... #إنتخابات #بشار

عبود شاغوري‎@AboodShagouri

إنتخبوني أو تنتخبوني أو ...
#إنتخابات #بشار

12:35 PM - 21 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Here donkeys, seemingly on the way to slaughter, say, "We are going to elect Bashar."

#Assad's election campaign 2014. We didn't elect him before nor will we now #WithSyria #AssadCrimes #Syria #geneva2

Rare Gold@raregold2727

#Assad's election campaign 2014. We didn't elect him before nor will we now
#WithSyria
#AssadCrimes
#Syria
#geneva2

06:58 PM - 16 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Bashar al Assad's election campaign... Elect the president of the kingdom of destruction and death."

حملة انتخابات بشار الاسد .. انتخبوا رئيس مملكة الدمار والقتل ...

⚡☀خالد الحموي☀⚡@khaaliid

حملة انتخابات بشار الاسد ..

انتخبوا رئيس مملكة الدمار والقتل ...

08:25 PM - 14 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

2014 presidential elections in #Syria #SaveSyria #hrw #UNSC #BarackObama #SenJohnMcCain #USA #UK #UN #Assad

Prince Leo@Prince_Leo_1978

2014 presidential elections in #Syria
#SaveSyria #hrw #UNSC #BarackObama #SenJohnMcCain #USA #UK #UN #Assad

09:31 AM - 21 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In 2011, uprisings known as the Arab Spring appeared to shake the region's political status quo. Now, three years later, this spring Syria, Algeria, Egypt, and Lebanon have held or will hold presidential elections expected to have the opposite effect.

عنجد هذي الصورة معبرة، الانتخابات العربية!! (ديمو كراسي!!) كله كوم ورئيس الجزائر ناوي ياخد الكرسي للقبر!!

جعفر حوى@jaafarhawwa

عنجد هذي الصورة معبرة، الانتخابات العربية!!
(ديمو كراسي!!)
كله كوم ورئيس الجزائر ناوي ياخد الكرسي للقبر!!

05:34 AM - 17 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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